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Basic Aural & Sight Singing Skills I

Course Code: MUSC 1103
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

Students will learn basic skills for musicianship/sight-singing, aural and rhythmic training. Open to all students, but priority will be given to full-time certificate students. Offered: Fall

Course Content

  1. Ear Training
    • Identification of selected melodicintervals up to the P8
    • Identification of triads in root position
    • Identification of scale degrees in major and minor scales
    • Simple dictation of rhythms in simple and compound meters
    • Simple melodic dictation
  2. Sight Singing
    • Singing of ascending and descending intervals
    • Singing of notes in major and minor scales
    • Singing of ascending and descending notes in triads
    • Singing of tonal melodies containing intervals of seconds, thirds, the P4, the P5 and the P8
  3. Rhythmic Training
    • Development of skills in analyzing rhythmic organization in music
      • Duration (time values of notes & rests)
      • Pulse
      • Meters
      • Added beat
      • Divided beat
      • Crusic versus Anacrusic phrasing
    • Singing and tapping of rhythmic patterns
    • Method of conducting different meters
  4. Musicianship Skills
    • Basics of vocal production and singing
    • Use of a relative pitch labelling system (e.g., movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers)
    • Use of Kodály hand signs
    • Melodic and rhythmic error detection

Methods of Instruction

Presentation of concepts, demonstration of learning strategies and modelling of skills by the instructor, integrated with drills and practice exercises performed by the whole class, small groups and individuals.

Means of Assessment

Regular quizzes (minimum one per week) 60%
Individual sight singing mid-term test 10%
In-class ear training mid-term test 10%
Individual sight singing final test 10%
In-class ear training final test 10%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of, and skills in, sight singing and ear training.

course prerequisites


MUSC 1102 or MUSC 1101

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.